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  • a1by 11:19 pm on April 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Blogs, gizmodo, Legal   

    Universal Protocol? 

    Speaking from personal experience as one who has spent a fair number of hours in bars, there is a universal protocol for dealing with misplaced or forgotten personal items left behind by fellow patrons. Wallets, keys, phones, purses. Whatever. If you see something like that on the floor, or forgotten on a table, you pick it up and hand it to the bartender

    via Daring Fireball: Gizmodo and the Prototype iPhone.

    I believe this is right up there with the Prime Directive!  In fact, how people deal with lost stuff varies with each person’s personal environment.  I would suggest that there are many possible ways in which people would react to what could be lost or forgotten items:

    1. Leave it there, the person who forgot it may come back to pick it up
    2. Return it to one of the establishment’s employees
    3. Take it with the intention of returning it to the owner when you find out who it is
    4. Take it with no intention of returning it (the finders keepers, losers weepers) which is against the law

    Gruber continues to make various assails at what constitutes reasonable with this description,

    “It defies belief that calling Apple’s public phone numbers constitutes “reasonable and just efforts to find the owner and to restore the property to him””

    I would probably never think to go to Apple’s website to return it, I’d probably do my best to get the device back to Apple via the store maybe, but I’d most definitely have snapped photos and videos of it, had I known it was a 4G iPhone.

    In addition, any lawyer would be able to argue maybe not successfully, but at least argue that reaching out to Apple customer service was a genuine method of trying to reach the original owner of the device.

    Ultimately, the facts of the case are still unclear.  All we know are stories which to Gizmodo’s detriment has changed many times since the original post.  Law enforcement will have the opportunity to investigate the actual nature of the conversations between Gizmodo and the finder of the iPhone, and possibly into the precise method by which the iPhone was found.

  • a1by 3:48 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , gizmodo, journalism   

    Does Apple Really Need It? 

    Too all the whiny babies who are indignant of Gizmodo’s actions go suck on your pacifier a little longer. Even my 18 month old makes less whine than all of you.

    Gizmodo went after a story, and while they paid for the story and chased the story, why should they turn it down? They are a tech blog, and raison d’etre is to find and scoop tech stories. As long as they are true, and they do not put into physical harm they should run with the story.

    I haven’t read any earlier story simply the edited story that basically describes what has happened to tons of folks

    • drink beer
    • forget phone
    • someone finds phone (why no pw lock?)
    • someone then attempts to take advantage of situation

    Gizmodo has phone, even if you were to try to get the phone to the original owner does that mean you wouldn’t blog, tweet, mashup the prototype iPhone into the Matrix? Of course not, and as journalists, its not Gizmodo’s duty to sit on their hands when they can get the story out.

    Apple hasn’t suffered some terrible blow, this will not reduce the number of iPhones sold. All it will do is reduce the hype factor of Steve Jobs’ keynote.

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